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21 November 2016 – Focus on Secondary

Dear Parents and Carers

As we hurtle at top speed towards Christmas, I wanted to take the time to write and update you about what the secondary has been up to since my last blog.

Highlights include our Instrumental Evening on 8 November in aid of Rachel House.  Pupils from our music department, supported by our music instructors, led the evening’s entertainment.

2016 marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, and our Remembrance assemblies, led by S5 pupils who visited the battlefields of World War I in June this year, were particularly poignant.  A two minute silence was respectfully observed throughout the secondary at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.  Chloe, Jack and Bethan, together with Mrs Downie, represented us at the Memorial Ground evening held at the campus in aid of the armed forces charity, SSAFA.  Our poppy appeal also raised £250.  Thanks to all.

Children in Scotland returned to work with our young designers from primary and secondary, supported by Mr McLaughlin from our design, engineering and technology department.  Our pupils are part of a ‘Making Space’ judging panel which is awarding prizes at an upcoming international conference in Glasgow.  Our pupils are looking at buildings which have been designed specifically for children and young people and demonstrate particular benefits for children.

S3 and S4 pupils Szymon, Col, Rebekah and Alayah represented us recently at the Enterprising Maths Scotland finals, achieving a top 30 spot.  Well done to them and Miss Hardie who supported them.

greenflagawardholder2016rgb_72Mr Thompson and the Eco-Committee have been working for a number of years towards a more sustainable, eco-friendly school, together with staff and pupils in the nursery and primary.  I am delighted that the Keep Scotland Beautiful team have now awarded us their Eco-School Green Flag.  This is a significant achievement particularly for an all-through school and I congratulate and thank the committees for all their hard work.

Coming up:

The Fire Service will be delivering their Safe Drive, Stay Alive programme to all S5 pupils from across Perth and Kinross in our school over the next few days.  This programme confronts our young people with the reality of road traffic accidents and how to minimise their risks.  This can be upsetting for some of our pupils, but it is vitally important that our young people understand the importance of safe driving.

And on that note – traffic wardens have visited us recently and were surprised by the number of parents who are continuing to drop off their children in the turning circle.  Once again, I ask you not to enter the turning circle and drop of your children at a safe distance from the school.

On 30 November at 7pm we will hold our annual Family Mass which will mark our 5th birthday since our official opening as St John’s RC Academy.  Bishop Stephen or his representative will lead us, and we hope that we will have a full hall.  Tickets can be reserved via the school office and a letter from me has already been sent out to parents and carers.  Please do come along to this special night.

There will be a special event on Saturday 3 December to mark the 5th birthday of North Inch Community Campus. The event starts at 11am and there will be numerous stalls, performances and fun activities for all of the family. It is free to enter, so please come along and join in the celebrations. At 2pm, the Campus will host a Panto performed by a professional company called M&M Productions and tickets are now on sale at the reception desk. Tickets are £8 for adults and £5 for children, and a family of 4 can buy a discounted ticket for £20 (bargain!). It would be great to see secondary parents, so join us for what should be a great day.  Any funds raised will go to the ‘Pennies for the Playgrounds’ appeal.

Finally, as the weather becomes harsher many of our young people complain about being cold, while others arrive to school without a jumper or jacket!  We positively encourage all of our young people to be in uniform, and wear black outdoor jackets.  Each pupil has access to a locker, so if they need to change out of boots into indoor shoes they have an opportunity to do this.  More on our uniform can be found here.

With every good wish,

Seán P Hagney

Headteacher and Campus Leader